I didn’t intend to interrupt my Philippines programming so soon, but I was having a bit of a moment, and started reminiscing by reading my old blog (I’m not even going to share it with you – it’s a bit embarrassing to look at now!). There are a few defining travel moments for me on there that I will have to re-blog here…and reaching Everest Base Camp is one of them.
Nearly six years ago now (feels like just yesterday!), my husband and I moved to Nepal for a two year internship I had received. The first thing I put on my ‘Nepal To-Do List’ was hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp.
I won’t sugarcoat it or lie to you. It was hard. I remember saying, “this is the most challenging thing I have ever done in my life”, and even to this day I still believe it. That quote is even scrawled on a flag we left behind in the main hut of Gorak Shep, the highest little village before the tented city of Everest Base Camp.
Here is what I blogged when we returned back to civilization after the trek:
After 14 days of walking, vomitting and diarrhea (sorry you had to hear it!) we finally reached Everest Base Camp/Kala Patthar. We reached about 5300m above sea level and I have to say that this trek was the most challenging thing I’ve ever had to do! I think I pushed my body to it’s limit and am now sporting a more slim figure. But hey, I did it! I can now say I’ve been on the roof of the world and can tick Everest Base Camp off that almighty travel list 🙂
There was 10 of us in our team, and I think everyone one of us was sick from either altitude sickness or food poisoning, in some cases both! But we all pushed through though, the magnetic pull of the highest mountain in the world is just too strong…
The scenery on the trek is so awesome – in the truest sense of the word. The walking tracks are surrounded by giant white snowy peaks; we passed lots of yaks and donkeys and had many interesting conversations with trekkers who were walking to Base Camp to then conquer the top of Mount Everest.
Now in hindsight, I realized that having done this quite young, it has made me lazy! I almost turn my nose up at climbing other mountains…”no, I’ve already made it to Everest Base Camp – I don’t need to climb to only 3500m!” You’d think I climbed the whole dang mountain.
Our little adventure was even featured on CNN’s old Travel website, CNN Go.
** Sorry for the average quality photos!